Sam Beam, the singer and guitarist who goes by Iron and Wine, first turned heads with 2002's The Creek Drank the Cradle, a compilation of bare acoustic demos. Since then, Beam's sound has expanded; Iron and Wine's latest album, Ghost On Ghost, features lush string arrangements, Motown-inspired backing vocals, and prominent horns that one might expect to find on a soul record from 1974. But the big sound feels at home on Beam's songs.
For this Soundcheck session, though, Beam returns to his roots. He performs a solo acoustic set of songs from Ghost On Ghost in our studio.